Into The Light - Into The Light
Frontiers Records
Hard Rock "à la" Europe
11 songs (50'50)
Release year: 2000
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by Danny

First song, No Turning Away, ends and the only band that comes to my mind is Europe. Kelly Hansen & Time Donahue have been surely influenced by Joey Tempest, John Norum & Cie. For sure this type of metal is not fresh, not new and not really inspired. When I say inspired, I am talking about the chorus. Where Europe was delivering "knock-your-head" chorus lines, Into The Line is very tasteless. The song ends and ... the melodies are also immediately gone from your head.

Don't misunderstand me here: the whole album is cool and I guess the bet was too high....from the beginning. Too conventional, not enough emotions. Music is like a good meal: it might have the right ingredients, some pepper or some salt to spice it up. The recipe here is good, but the cooker is using a book ... not its imagination. I guess you got the point.

It is always difficult to recreate Europe's magical music (you said impossible ... and you're right). It is like doing an AC/DC or an Iron Maiden record. As I said from the beginning, it was an Impossible Mission and as I haven't seen Tom Cruise being part of this band....

They are not bad musicians and a couple of riffs or themes are interesting, but nothing more. Sorry guys, but Europe ... is Europe. The record ends and I go to my metal collection ... take out The Final Countdown ... and hit the play button. Yes! Europe will always be Europe!

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Danny quoted 65 / 100
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